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Donald E. Sibbald passed away on Monday, April 20, 2020 at MidMichigan Medical Center after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

He was born on October 24, 1936, in Cadillac, Michigan to Harvey and Fern (Jarrett) Sibbald. He spent much of his youth in the Kalamazoo area. He enlisted in the Navy at 17 and served on the U.S.S. Wasp. He also spent time in Korea and Japan.

 

He worked at many jobs, but retired from Consumers Power as a Senior Construction Advisor in 1991 after 20 years of service. He was a member of the Sanford Community of Christ and also served as a Deacon for them.

 

Don married Patricia Syckle Parker on August 30, 1975. They enjoyed traveling in their RV, vacations to Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean, all across the U.S., and especially the U.P. of Michigan. They built a cottage at Lake James in Prudenville, MI and had many good times there with family and friends.

 

He could build or fix anything and passed these skills on to his son, Brian. He passed his love of the outdoors and hunting along to his daughter, Donna. He enjoyed fishing, training and showing horses, wood carving, geocaching, and yearly vacation and mushroom hunting with Nancy and Tom. He loved his pets and will be missed by Cash and Marcus.

 

Don is survived by his wife, Patricia, son Brian (Sue) Sibbald, and daughter Donna Sibbald; and by Pat’s mother and father, Leon & Fran Syckle, sisters-in-law Joanna (John) Kernstock, and Nancy (Tom) Gergory. Grandchildren Danica and Jason Kunkle, Shad and Sharon Sibbald, Shawn and Nikkie Morgan, and Brooke Starr. Great grandchildren Jaden Kunkle, Zethos and Makayla Sibbald, Callie and McKenna Morgan, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by many dear friends.

 

He was predeceased by his parents, and sisters Barb Dieckman, Jean Santman, Marianne Servais, and brother-in-law, Lee David Syckle

 

Due to the Covid virus there will be no service at this time. A memorial service will be planned for September at Great Lakes National Cemetery.

 

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Walk to End Alzheimer’s (Team: Doing it for Don) or Midland Humane Society.

 

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Sibbald family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Clara and Bill Brooks

    15 May 2020 3 weeks ago

    This is from Bill and Clara, your former neighbors on Jane drive. Sorry we are so late sending our love to you. We had so much fun with you both for several years. Of course your shelties and then our beagle/cocker spaniel mix were the center of our lives together. Hearing of Don’s full life was a joy. We send our love to you now and for always. God Bless you, Pat and all Don’s family from Bill and Clara.

  2. Ruth Gulvas

    25 April 2020 1 month ago

    Hi Pat, I was so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ruth Gulvas

  3. Gary Dostal

    23 April 2020 1 month ago

    Brian , I’m sorry to hear about the passing of your dad , he was a good and funny person. Will keep you and your mom in our prayers.

  4. Jane Johnson

    23 April 2020 1 month ago

    Pat,

    I’m so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family.

  5. Dave & Pam Markel

    22 April 2020 1 month ago

    We are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. As others have said he was a sweet, special person. I remember just a few years ago at our daughter’s wedding rehearsal dinner, our youngest granddaughter had a crush on Don. She was only 2-1/2, and she kept insisting that Don hold her teddy bear every time she wanted a drink or snack. He was so patient and kind with her. Kids know a gentle soul when they meet one. He will be missed. Pat and family you are in our prayers.

  6. Jana Chambers

    22 April 2020 1 month ago

    Dear Pat. My heart goes out to you as I just read of Don’s homegoing. May God give you comfort at this very difficult time. I didn’t know Don well but he had a special lady to Don life with. You two were so cute together. Sending sympathy and love

  7. Pam and Len Nordbeck

    22 April 2020 1 month ago

    So sorry for your loss, Don was a great and gentle soul. He will be missed.

  8. Marge and Dan Parker

    22 April 2020 1 month ago

    We had so many good times with you and Don over the 45 years we knew Don. Dan and Don became quick friends. I remember reminiscing with him just a few weeks ago while we were waiting for you at the gym about the antics we used to have and all he had was a smile on his face. The receptionist smiled a lot too. He sure loved his Shelties. When we would bring our 3 out, he would go out on the deck and watch all 5 of them run in your backyard. One outing we would would always laugh at was when we went to your cottage ice fishing and we wore garbage bags for waders. Another favorite was spring skiing and in the evening Don and Dan taking a bag of quarters to go play tanks. I could go on and on. He was such a sweet, gentle, loving man who did such loving things for others.

  9. Celeste Van Wert

    22 April 2020 1 month ago

    So sorry for your loss. Don was a great guy.

  10. Shelley Sayen

    22 April 2020 2 months ago

    I will be praying for you Pat and family. I will miss his sweet smile and friendly banter when he would come to Maple Hill with you. R.I.P. sir.

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